According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is: Mortal Coil : Waking Moments : One Little Ship.


The crew is plagued by nightmares with one commonality: the appearance of an unknown alien. When Harry Kim and some other crew members fall asleep and the Doctor can't wake them, Chakotay comes up with a plan to use lucid dreaming to stay in control of his dream. He establishes Earth's Moon as a sign that he is asleep, and tapping his hand three times as a means to wake up. In his dream, he communicates with the alien and can convince him to allow the crew to wake up again once Voyager has passed their space. He taps his hand, wakes up and tells Janeway to proceed like discussed with the alien. But once Voyager has reached the edge of the aliens' space and everyone is awake again, the aliens attack and capture Voyager. Chakotay accesses a console in an attempt to retake the ship. The Moon appears, telling him he is still asleep. He taps his hand again and now awakes for real.

The Doctor tells him everyone else is asleep now. It appears that all have the same dream of being prisoners of the aliens. The two track the neurogenic field that causes the dreams to a planet. Chakotay beams down to a spacious chamber with the sleeping aliens. He does not manage to destroy the neurogenic transmitter. Instead of taking the injection that would help him to stay awake, he gives it to one of the aliens, who disappears from the dream world. Chakotay then falls asleep himself, telling the leader of the aliens that the Doctor would destroy the chamber with a photon torpedo if he didn't call him. The aliens have no choice but to finally end the dream. The only side effect to this encounter is insomnia.

Errors and Explanations

Nit Central

  1. marten on Monday, March 08, 1999 - 12:28 pm: How can the holodoc be inside the dream situation (if you recall he made chakotay snap out of it when he doozed off) I am asking, because if the doc is dreamed up by someone (and not creating his own character/avatar inside the collective dream like the others do). If he's dreamed up that means that any character will dream up all chars he cares, so there can be 125 janeways (one for each dreaming crewman) and so on. Uncle Dick on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 - 12:34 am: Since the aliens are the one running the dream, I would assume that they allowed only one copy of each person to exist and that they added in the Doctor just to make it seem real.
  2. Wouldn't you say that the dreampeople would be able to win a fight inside their own turf? Yes they would. Uncle Dick on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 - 12:34 am: I think the aliens underestimated the crew of Voyager and their human intuition. I suppose the illusion is able to fool inferior species into submission.
  3. Its mentioned multiple times that some kind of field is making the people sleep. Why not fly-fly away. Autopilot or something like that? (would make a short episode I admit) The field could be configured to fool anyone attempting to set the autopilot into thinking ot was working.
  4. Vicky Oram on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 - 3:21 pm: You know when Chakotay falls asleep on the bridge cause he gave all his medication to the alien, how come he doesn't join up with the rest of the crew in the sleep world? When the doctor wakes him with a hypo we go back to the crew in the dreamworld and there still acting like Chakotays missing. Wouldn't he have joined them for a minute or two? LUIGI NOVI on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 - 12:25 am: Vicky, he didn't fall asleep on bridge because he gave his meds to anyone. The meds he was on just ran out, and Doc gave him more. He didn't give any medication to the alien until the end of the episode, later in Act 5. He probably did reappear when this happened, he just reappeared in the cargo bay with the others, and not in the corridor with Janeway, Tuvok and Torres. The last cargo bay scene prior to the bridge scene occured at one point, then Chakotay is on the bridge. He realizes he's asleep, and Doc wakes him up. There are no intervening cargo bay scenes during this sequence, which is why we don't see him there. All we see of the rest of the crew is Janeway, Tuvok and Torres going through the corridors and blowing up the ship, until the very end of the episode, when everyone is back in the cargo bay.
  5. LUIGI NOVI on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 - 12:25 am: When Janeway and Tuvok go to Harry’s quarters in Act 1 to look for him, Janeway tells the turbolift to go to Deck 6, even though Alter Ego established that Harry’s quarters are on Deck 3. He could have moved quarters in the interim for some reason.
  6. Harry sleeps with a nightmask, as established in The Cloud a habit, he said, he began at the Academy and got used to, but when Tuvok and Janeway try to wake him in this episode, he’s not wearing it. He may have decided to do without it.

Voyager Season 4
Scorpion Part 2 I The Gift I Day of Honor I Nemesis I Revulsion I The Raven I Scientific Method I Year of Hell Part 1 I Year of Hell Part 2 I Random Thoughts I Concerning Flight I Mortal Coil I Waking Moments I Message in a Bottle I Hunters I Prey I Retrospect I The Killing Game Part 1 I The Killing Game Part 2 I Vis à Vis I The Omega Directive I Unforgettable I Living Witness I Demon I One I Hope and Fear
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